Science Fiction

Big Brain Teaser: LUCY Blu-ray and DVD Review

By at January 31, 2015 | 10:53 pm | 1 Comments

Big Brain Teaser: LUCY Blu-ray and DVD Review

3 / 5 stars If it’s true that we use only 10% of our brains, what if Luc Besson tried using more than 10% of his? We’d get something more intellectually challenging than his The Fifth Element or La Femme Nikita, but with the DNA of those earlier Besson favorites. We’d probably get Lucy, a kitchen-sink thriller that comes up short for the core sci-fi crowd while more...

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The Sands of Time: INTERSTELLAR Film Review

By at November 4, 2014 | 11:38 pm | 3 Comments

The Sands of Time: INTERSTELLAR Film Review

3.5 / 5 stars For all the drama and enormity of Christopher Nolan’s last two Dark Knight entries, Interstellar is the director’s true massive, magnum epic. It’s a 2-hour, 45-minute drama about the hunger for survival, American pluck, life beyond our solar system, the theory of relativity, the power of love, and decision-making that would fry most humans’ more...

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Video: The Unstoppable Legacy of Stanley Kubrick

By at October 26, 2014 | 9:54 am | 0 Comment

Video: The Unstoppable Legacy of Stanley Kubrick

The number of film directors whose work not only transcends their lifetime, but also becomes enmeshed in the cultural fabric, is small. Like count-'em-on-one-hand small. Alfred Hitchcock, of course. And a good deal of Steven Spielberg's work will certainly be referenced and remembered by the general public long after he's gone. But the films of Stanley Kubrick seem to more...

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Stuck in the Middle: UPSIDE DOWN Film / DVD Review

By at January 7, 2014 | 10:32 pm | 1 Comments

Stuck in the Middle: UPSIDE DOWN Film / DVD Review

2 / 5 stars If you have even a casual interest in high-concept science fiction, Upside Down seems too tempting to ignore — but that curiosity gets stomped on with unfortunate speed. The idea is intriguing: Two diametrically opposed worlds are controlled by inverse powers of gravity, with the destitute denizens of “down below” looking up at the beautifully lit more...

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